ELOPEMENT. “How much is too much to trade for a promise of love,” asks The Elopement.

Hard to know what’s important when you’re young, rash, and convinced that there are only two options: them, or you. (Still writing on these themes in monthly eletters).

ABOUT THE BOOK

Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision. ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

When my parents said “no” to my choice of a mate, just because he’s Japanese and not Indian or even Punjabi-American like me, I had to look into my heart and make a wrenching choice. Who’s life was it, anyways? I left my home state of North Carolina with an Aer Lingus ticket to southwest county Cork, where for the next four years, I could come face to face with lots of other, deeper, questions, like “Who am I, anyways?” Running off for a so-called faiytale by the sea didn’t exactly come hassle-free.

This book is the kickoff in the Kismuth series. It centers on the themes of love, hope, and promise, but also is tainted with the everpresent guilt a young woman feels when she defies her parents. Especially when they’re immigrants, and have a thing about “doing as you’re told.”

The book was featured on NPR WUNC’s “The State of Things,” and reviewed on the blogs Clarion Content and The Displaced Nation. A new story, Kanishka which centers on the events fifteen years prior to The Elopement but is set, also, in part in the same part of Ireland, too. “Kismuth” means “destiny.”

A REVIEW

Dipika is a author who clearly has been writing for years. Her ability to illustrate a particular moment, object, or emotion is amazing. Her writing style is different than what I am accustomed to reading. Its almost poetic. As the reader you can expect to gain insight into the mind, heart and soul of a Woman who lives life passionately and purposely. Also, Dipika does a nice job at outlining the good and not so pretty reality of what it means to defy cultural norms.

GET THE ELOPEMENT

Buy The Elopement (US $8.99) on Amazon Kindle. Or email dipika -at- orangutanswing -dot- com to order directly. Just say, “The Elopement, please” in the subject.